I Don't Know How She Does It: The Life of Kate Reddy, Working Mother

I Don't Know How She Does It: The Life of Kate Reddy, Working Mother

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I Don't Know How She Does It: The Life of Kate Reddy, Working Mother by Allison Pearson, Emma Fielding

Delightfully smart and heartbreakingly poignant, Allison Pearson’s smash debut novel has exploded onto bestseller lists as “The national anthem for working mothers.” Hedge-fund manager, wife, and mother of two, Kate Reddy manages to juggle nine currencies in five time zones and keep in step with the Teletubbies. But when she finds herself awake at 1:37 a.m. in a panic over the need to produce a homemade pie for her daughter’s school, she has to admit her life has become unrecognizable. With panache, wisdom, and uproarious wit, I Don’t Know How She Does It brilliantly dramatizes the dilemma of every working mom.

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ISBN-13: 9780307914194
Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/28/2010
Edition description: Abridged
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 5.08(h) x 1.14(d)

About the Author

Allison Pearson, named Critic of the Year and Interviewer of the Year in the British Press Awards, is a weekly columnist in the London Evening Standard and a member of the BBC's Newsnight Review panel. She lives in London with her husband, the New Yorker writer Anthony Lane, and their two children.

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I don't Know How She Does it (Movie Tie-in Edition) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 153 reviews.
evanescenceSE More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book- it was well written. I identified with Kate, so I am familiar with situation she went through. Worth the read
Jenifer40 More than 1 year ago
This is magnificent! How many women today live like this? When does it stop? How can it stop? Kate is everything and wants everything. She's ambitious and talented, she needs her career. She's loving and caring and needs her kids and husband. There just isn't enough time!. Sound familiar? This is magnificent! You will not regret your purchase!
Momof8Fay More than 1 year ago
My sister sent me this book years ago and I finally read it because they are turning it into a movie with Sarah Jessica Parker. I figured it had to be OK. AND I wondered what message my sister was trying to send me. Well, the first half of the book was extremely boring; any mom knows what it's like to juggle. And THIS mom (Kate) had an in-home babysitter and husband who HELPED !! And she was complaining ?!!? Anyway, the author tries to wrap the book - and Kate's life -up in a nice little bow at the end. How quaint. And unrealistic.
Didi Meredith More than 1 year ago
tried to get into it but never could. being a woking mom i was excited to read this book, but it was a snoozer.
Teaandbooks More than 1 year ago
this book was not very exciting. i found it borring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very funny book, but it's enough to make you cry if you are indeed a busy working mother. I was not entertained by the endless 'to do' lists and unending guilt. This book might be more entertaining to those who have already survived raised their children, but for those of us who are still in the thick of it...?
Brodk 9 months ago
Well-written and fun Fun to read, with interesting characters and situations. I give it four stars because of its wit and charm, but the main character is unappealing and unsympathetic. I just cannot bleed for someone who has a full-time nanny, regardless of how incompetent she is, a husband who both helps and loves her, and a high-paying job that she loves. At some point a person has to take responsibility for his own life, meaning that you come to terms with it (i.e., stop griping) or change your life circumstances. 3.5 stars. Fun, but unsympathetic heroine
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BuddhaMom81 More than 1 year ago
I would give a negative star if I could. I was so looking forward to getting into this, being a mom trying to juggle work and family. But the book never goes past skimming the surface. The main character spends a lot of time admiring how cute she thinks she is. No. Literally. Admiring herself when she passes a mirror. Remarking on how all the guys in the office hit on her. Every single character is nothing but a sketch. Not one is fleshed out in the least. Making the narrative extremely one-sided. Or the characters are cartoony. Like the American who speaks in the stilted parody. The problem is I don't think this is a parody! I think this is the author's best effort! There is just a lack of any self reflection or insight. You want to be able to read a fun book like this and say "Yeah! I go through that too!" But every paragraph just sets apart the classes. Very unrelatable. Even the tense is all wrong. The book is written in the present tense through out. It really is just a series of jaunty magazine articles strung together. Honestly. Would it kill an writer to dig deep? Or learn to construct a scene? Anyway. Don't be fooled by the fact that the author is English. Apparently even THEY have people who can't put a descent story together. Not just us Ah-Mer-I-Cans. Another issue I had with this book is this woman faces absolutely no conflicts or dilemas. Either inner or otherwise. Everything goes her way. For instance: She's away from her kids all day. Sometimes overseas. And there's not emotional pull from that?! Just braggadocio. She makes all this money and Blah Blah Blah. Pages of it. I got through Part 1, and looked ahead to see how much more and I couldn't believe there was enough plot there to keep this story going. And I was right. Basic rule of story writing. Don't Tell, Show! Just underdeveloped plot. Save your money.
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HawkHK More than 1 year ago
This is a book that both working and SAHMs will relate too. I loved it and couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a great read. Entertaining. The reader can identify with the hectic, never-ending fast-pace of Kate's life. The book is written in a way that you understand why Kate tries to maintain her career, her children, her husband, and her home in the way that she does. The wording is whitty and funny as the book highlights the continued disparities between parents who work and are female versus male.
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bookaddictmomof2 More than 1 year ago
I liked this book. I think a lot of moms working or non-working can relate to it and the balancing act that is motherhood. Allison Pearson writes well and you can read through this book quickly. I liked the characters. I know some of the previous reviewers did not. They are portrayed with realistic human flaws. A good beach read or a nice book to snuggle up with at night!